EFCC arraigns Mama Boko Haram for cheating and conspiracy

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday arraigned Hajiya Aisha Alkali Wakil, popularly known as Mama Boko Haram before a Borno High Court, Maiduguri on a-three count charge bordering on cheating and onspiracy to the tune of N66 million. 

Also arraigned with Mama Boko Haram is Alhaji Tahiru Saidu before Justice Aisha Kumaliya. 

Mama Boko Haram rose to prominence for her celebrated link with the terrorist group which saw her facilitating dialogues and releases of some persons held captive by the group. 

The petitioner Ali Tijjani had alleged to EFCC that, on 7th September, 2018, his company was awarded a contract to supply processed maize grain BISKI worth N51 million. 

He claimed that his company collected the said grain from Maiduguri Flour Mills and supplied it to Mama Boko Haram’s NGO, Complate Care and Aid Foundation. 

The said product was received by the Alhaji Tahiru  Saidu on behalf of Complete Care and Aid Foundation.

The duo were also alleged to have requested AMTMAT Global Ventures to process and funds the CEO, Mama Boko Haram, and the Programme Manager, Tahiru Saidu’s trip to Morocco to the tune of N15 million, which it did.

The two-count charge read to the accused, stated: “That you Tahiru Saidu Daura, while being a Programme Manager of Complete Care and Aid Foundation, Aisha Alkali being the CEO of Complete Care and Aid Foundation. On the 7h September, 2018 at Maiduguri within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court dishonestly induced Ali Tijjani, the CEO and Alter Ego of AMTMAT Global Ventures to deliver to you processed Maize grains (BISKI) valued at N51, 000,000.00 (Fifty Five Million Naira) which you are yet to pay and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320(a) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Cap 102 Laws of Borno State.”

The duo requested AMTMAT Global Ventures to process and funds the CEO and Programme Manager’s trip to Morocco to the tune of N51m.

The two defendants pleaded not guilty to all the counts, while the counsel for the prosecution Fatsuma Muhammad applied for a trial date and requested for the remand of the defendant in the Correctional Centre.

Justice Kumaliya thereafter adjourned the matter to Jan 13, 2020 for commencement of trial and admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N30 million with two sureties in like sum.

Kumaliya further ordered that, amongst the sureties, one must be within the level of a Permanent Secretary in the Civil Service, and must have a landed property located in GRA, Maiduguri and must submit the title document of the property to the Registry of the court.

She further ordered that, failure of the defendants to attend trial, will lead to revocation of the bail by the court.

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